Face image as seen in a photo-negative

Shroud University is a new source for more in-depth personal study of the Shroud. It is designed for students and breaks the subject down into ten academic schools of study. The site makes heavy use of new digital media including podcasts, video blogs, streaming audio and video and links to hundreds of articles on the web sorted by academic focus. EXPLORE THE MYSTERY!

Mr. Russ Breault has been researching the Shroud for over 25 years and founded the Shroud of Turin Education Project, inc. to advance awareness and study of this profound mystery. As an accomplished lecturer, he has captivated hundreds of audiences from New York to Hawaii. College and university presentations include Duke, Auburn and West Point. He has been a guest speaker at scientific societies including the American Chemical Society. He has been featured in seven national documentaries and numerous national TV and radio interview shows.

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Shroud Encounter is an excellent new source for understanding the significance of the Shroud. The site explains the presentation approach of international lecturer and researcher, Russ Breault. Shroud Encounter is a highly acclaimed big screen presentation and makes use of over 150 superb images creating a captivating experience for all audiences. EXERIENCE THE MYSTERY!

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The Shroud of Turin is one the greatest mysteries of all time. The Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of the facts surrounding this profound artifact. Frontal Image as seen in a photo-negative

The Shroud of Turin has intrigued millions over the centuries who believed it to be the actual burial cloth that wrapped Jesus in the tomb. Also known as the Turin Shroud or the Shroud of Jesus, this ancient burial cloth bearing a blood stained image of a crucified man has also intrigued scientists, historians and medical experts with the possibility of its authenticity.

Prominent scientists have ruled out the Shroud as being an artwork and the bloodstains on the cloth appear to be from actual wounds. This was the conclusion of the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), a team of 24 scientists who examined the cloth for five days in 1978 and amassed volumes of data. The results were released in 1981. “We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man.   It is not the product of an artist.   The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin.”  

However dark days were ahead for Shroud enthusiaists when it was carbon dated in 1988 and was determined to be only about 700 years old! But like any good mystery, that is not where the story ends. Recent research now indicates that the Carbon Dating tests performed on the Shroud in 1988 were taken from a sample that was re-woven in the Middle Ages. Many critics of the dating tests at the time were highly concerned because the sampling protocol was ignored and only one sample was removed instead of several as called for in the protocol. The worst mistake of all was the location of the sample from an outside corner edge precisely where it was handled hundreds of times over the centuries. Of all locations on the Shroud, the one chosen had the greatest potential for contamination or repair.

First look under the shroud in 1978.  No image on other side.  Image is purely superficial penetrating only top 2 microfibers.

It now seems the Carbon Dating tests performed on the Shroud prove next to nothing except the old science sampling maxim: “The data is only as good as the sample.” It pays to follow instructions. From the abstract published in Thermo Chimica Acta, January 2005: "The radiocarbon sample was not part of the original cloth of the Shroud of Turin. The radiocarbon date was thus not valid for determining the true age of the shroud. “

However, adversity is a good teacher and much more has been learned over the past few years in areas related to the history of the cloth, ancient textiles, its origin in Israel, the cause of the image and many other clues pointing to its possible authenticity. Could the Shroud be the greatest archaeological treasure known and yet hidden by continued controversy and confusion instead of dirt and debris? The Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. is dedicated to exploring that possibility and helping you do the same.

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If you area student, we hope this site motivates you to do your own study and even find a way to incorporate it into a school project, paper or presentation. Search the site for ideas. If you do a paper, we will publish it here on this site. Need more help on it? Email us and we will be glad to help. Check out the Student Center for numerous ideas and resources.

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View the full front and back image below. Actual cloth is 14 feet long with the image of the man measuring approximately 5'10". Move your curser across the image for an explanation of most of the markings. Best viewed using Microsoft Explorer. You can also go to Image Map for a different view. Click here to see a High Resolution image.

One of 8 burns and patches from 1532 fire. Bloody foot.  Blood stains match up with those on the other end showing how the body was wrapped lengthwise Hands showing nail in wrist.  No thumbs due to severing of nerve. Wound in the side with blood flowing down.  Chemistry shows clear separation of blood and serum. Face showing full beard and long hair typical of the Nazarenes. Back of head shows profuse bleeding from apparent crown of thorns. Back shows multiple lacerations from apparent scourging, over 120 such marks on the body. Blood across small of back shows post mortem blood flow after body was laid down horizontal. Back of legs showing one leg elevated as in crucifixion.  Scourge marks cover both legs. Feet show clearly one foot placed upon the other as in crucifixion.  Nail wound with blood trailing off is clear. One of 8 burns from fire in 1532 and patches from the repair in 1534. Burns and patches from 1532 fire Water stain that shows the image is not water soluble.  Edges are calcium deposits. One of numerous water stains in a pattern that shows how the cloth was folded and stored in an urn similar to the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Pattern is another clue to the Shroud's antiquity. Section removed in the early 1500's as a royal gift. Side strip that runs entire length of cloth.  Part of original material but uncertain as to when seam was added. May have been part of original Shroud since similar stitching has been found excavations at Masada. General corner that was cut for carbon dating.  Same exact corner that was held and grabbed hundreds of times over the centuries which resulted in medieval repair ultimately giving a false date for the cloth's origin. L-shaped pattern of burns from an apparent accident with a incense censor during a liturgical ceremony.  Burn incident pre-dates 1532 fire and is evidence the cloth was in Constantinople prior to its arrival in France as demonstrated by the Hungarian Pray Manuscript. Same L-shaped pattern as above due to the way cloth was folded. One of numerous water stains that form a pattern on the cloth due to the manner in which the cloth was folded. Water stain on abdomen, outline of the stain is calcium. One of 8 burns and patches from 1532 fire. One of 8 burns and patches from 1532 fire. Scorches from 1532 fire flouresce under UV spectroscopy. The image has similar spectrographic characteristics but does not flouresce.  The image looks like a scorch but isn't. Scorch marks between burn holes from 1532 fire. Blood on arms.  Blood chemistry tests positive for hemogloboin, serum albumin, bile, bilirubin, and other blood components. Burn mark from 1532 fire.

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